NDLR Banner

Wednesday 30th March 2011

Irish Academics show their resourcefulness at the 2011 NDLR Fest: Annual Showcase of Digital Learning Resources!

Congratulations to all the participants at this years NDLR Fest, we hoped it would be the best yet and judging from the glowing feedback we've received, on the quality and diversity of the resources developed, we hope we've achieved that goal! Some wonderful work was showcased from across the country, and credit is due to the dedication of the LInCS project teams in delivering their resources.

The Fest was attended by a record number of delegates, 268 in total, from the 21 HEIs and colleagues from the UK (JISC, Jorum, Scotlands Colleges, UAL) and Europe (ShareTec). There were 103 attendees viewing the event online as it was streamed (thanks to support from HEAnet for that!). 12 national collaborative innovation projects were showcased throughout the day and can be viewed here: http://www.ndlr.ie/services/ndlrfestannualshowcase.

In addition to the national projects presented, over 140 local innovation projects were also showcased by the Institutes of Technologies and the Universities during the poster sessions illustrating the commitment to digital resource development within our Institutions. All posters from the event can be viewed here http://www.ndlr.ie/iscop/NDLRfest2011/.

Proceedings from the day will be published in the forthcoming months – we will keep you posted!


NDLR LInCS Call for Funding now open!

I'm sure many of you who attended the NDLR Fest, either virtually or in person, were inspired by the resources presented on the day. For those who may be interested in applying for NDLR funding the application form is now available on the NDLR website. If anyone is having difficulty in finding collaborators for your proposal let us know and we can help you partner up. Deadline for applications is the 20th of May. Good luck! Click here for more information >>


NDLR Partner Spotlight - LYIT Virtual learning brings education outside the class

Students and staff at the LYIT School of Tourism are just about to produce their own film productions.

Students and staff at the LYIT School of Tourism are just about to produce their own film productions, aimed at bringing international expertise and show 'real live' work scenarios to students. They mightn't win an Oscar but this online material could bring much more effective results for learning as part of a new exciting Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) project just launched.

LYIT School of Tourism is embarking on an ambitious project using virtual learning techniques to showcase best practice and demonstrate key skills expertise. Starting in February 2011, with funding from the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR), short film productions will present modules from Pastry & Confectionary to Hotel Front Office Management and will be used as a remote learning resource for students both on and off campus via the web.

The idea is to feature best in class expertise from around the world and use film as a way to show common situations in a real setting. In confectionary terms the production will show demonstrations from top international pastry Chefs renowned in their fields such as, Luc Debove, Head of Pâtisserie at the Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in Nice, France, and Jean Luc Kenneally, Head Baker at this highly acclaimed five star hotel. Their specialist skills include Ice Sculpture, Sugar Displays, Chocolate and Ice Creams. All of these skills will be captured on film for students to refer to and pick up first class skills in this art.

Speaking at the launch of these exciting projects, Ciarán ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality and Tourism and Project Manager for online learning at the School of Tourism, welcomed this development as a first in hospitality and culinary arts education in Ireland. He outlined plans to offer online learning to current students and past graduates working in industry through a variety of full-time, part-time and professional development programmes on campus and through distance education. "There is an identifiable gap in the provision of this type of training material for the Irish industry. Products that are currently available are either from the UK (produced in the 1980s) or from the US/AUS and inappropriate for the Irish tourism context. This project brings 'real life' situations and the latest international expertise straight to the learner whether on campus or not. We're very pleased to be the first to do this in this sector."


Check out these NDLR Resources!

If you have found a resource in the NDLR you really like then let us know!

The Introduction of Clickers in large group teaching
Dr. Regina McNally, Department of Management and Marketing UL.

Audience response systems (ARSs) enable students' responses to multiple choice questions via small remote-control devices to be aggregated and presented instantaneously in chart form. ARSs (also known as 'clickers') offer multiple benefits including improvements in the classroom environment, learning, and assessment. At the same time, adoption challenges exist for both educators and students. This session reviews the ARS adoption experience of the speaker in a large (450+) classroom, including challenges and benefits. Click here to view the resource >>

NDLR News & Events

Peer Assisted Learning: Empowering Students to Become Successful Learners
Athlone IT, May 18th and on May 19th 2011

This symposium will provide academic staff, support staff and students in higher education in Ireland with an opportunity to meet and share ideas and best practices about how various peer assisted learning models help students become successful life-long learners and contribute to their transition, retention, progression and completion in higher education. Click here for more information >>


FACiLiTATE, the Irish Enquiry and Problem Based Learning Network, is delighted to announce its First International Conference entitled: 'Problem Based Learning (PBL): Today & Tomorrow'.
May 26th & 27th, 2011, in Trinity College Dublin.


EDTECH 2011 Call for Papers - Deadline Extension - 30th March - Innovation, Technologies and Practice: Show me the learning!

This year's conference will offer a dynamic programme of events, along with plenty of opportunity for informal networking and discussion. The programme will include practitioner and research papers, demonstration and workshop sessions, short presentations and ideas exchange fora, Technology in Action showcases illustrating industry and education teamwork, and interactive poster presentations. Click here for more information >>

Call for abstracts for Annual Conference on Engaging Minds
NAIRTL's 5th Annual Conference, in conjunction with CELT's Galway Symposium on Higher Education, Engaging Minds will take place June 9-10 2011 in NUI Galway. The focus of this conference is on active student engagement in the learning process. Registration and further details are available from www.nairtl.ie/conference. The deadline for abstract submission is 31st March.


EUNIS 2011 Maintaining a sustainable future for IT in Higher Education

EUNIS 2011 is the 17th Congress in a series of international conferences within the framework of the European University Information Systems organisation (EUNIS). EUNIS affords an excellent opportunity to present and publish contemporary work and practices associated with Information Technology applications in Higher Education Institutions, whether for teaching and learning, administration or research support.


11th DIVERSE International Conference
Dublin City University 28th - 30th June
The main goal for the conference is to enhance the use of visual media in teaching, learning and creative inquiry. To achieve this we are inviting those who produce, use or want to use visual media in their practice, or do research within this area. Click here to find out more >>


Open Repositories 2011
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Centre, Austin, Texas - June 7, 2011 – June 11, 2011
What is the role of social interactions within repository technical communities in developing strong, distributed services and cyber-infrastructure to create open access to and preservation of our shared digital heritage? The Sixth Annual International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11) will address that question in Austin, Texas, from June 7-11, 2011, at the AT&T Conference Centre. Click here to find out more >>

CALL FOR PAPERS - Unique Experimental Facilities for International Collaboration in Engineering Education and Research


International Conference on Engineering Education
ICEE-2011 Belfast August 21-26, 2011. Click here for more information >>


TERENA Research Networking Conference (TNC)
16 - 19 May, Prague, Czech Republic
The TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference - over 500 participants including decision makers, networking specialists and managers from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions and industry representatives attend. Through keynote speeches by renowned specialists and many parallel sessions, the Conference presents an overview of the latest developments in research networking, both in the technical field and in the areas of application and management.
See https://tnc2011.terena.org/ for more details.